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Would I Benefit from a 3rd Party Fimware?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mnmsmith527, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. mnmsmith527

    mnmsmith527 Network Guru Member

    I have a Linksys WRT54GS v.4, not doing abnything special in my network other than that I have two Linksys PAP2 VoIP adapters. I have 5 computers on the network, download using newsgroups, not that often, no online gaming. Would I benefit from upgrading to a 3rd party firmware for QoS for my VoIP, or does the Linksys firmware handle that well? I have noticed some call quality issues, don't necessarily think its due to my network, I think its the Road Runner network, but wanted to pose the question to the experts here. Thanks...
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I believe you would benifit from running 3rd party firmware. The question would be, how comfortable are you with playing around with loads of options? Most 3rd party flavours boast better QoS, increased control over signal strengths, increased port forward slots, and VOIP options. The amazing thing abou 3rd party is you gain so much more control over what you can do with the router. It really is powerful, way more the what Linksys firmware allows you to do. The best part, you'll get better support from the community instead of Linksys (there really are some knowledgable users out there).

    BTW, you'll probably ask, I like sveasoft, dd-wrt and hypwerwrt. I'd lean more to the dd-wrt side for your first crack at 3rd party firmware. At bare minimum, you'll operate the same as you do now runing the Linksys flavor. Hyperwrt is the closest you'll get to staying with Linksys code set asside to the additional tweaks and features it opens up.
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    too like sveasoft which was the first 3rd party firmware/s/ i tried and i've recently moved to dd-wrt and cant complain at all. Havent tried hyperwrt yet but theres plenty of people who have it to help should you have questions
  4. mnmsmith527

    mnmsmith527 Network Guru Member

    Have no problems dealing with more options, part of the fun of technology... I'll give either HyperWRT or DD-WRT a try, the whole concept of becoming a member to get Sveasoft kinda turns me off that one.
  5. MenaceInc

    MenaceInc Network Guru Member

    Lots bad stories about Sveasoft. I would stay away from it as far as possible.
  6. mnmsmith527

    mnmsmith527 Network Guru Member

    Agreed, I decided to try the HyperWRT, so far so good!

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